'Tis the season for all-new compact crossovers, what with the Ford Escape, the Subaru Forester, and now the 2014 Nissan Rogue all debuting fresh visages and dramatically altered platforms within the last few years. The Rogue may be the latest small people mover to go under the knife, but it's not a complete transformation: rather, the folks at Nissan have elected to mix the old with the new. This means that while the Rogue might sport a fresh platform and much more attractive sheet metal, under the hood we find the same power plant that motivated last year's model.
This isn't an unfamiliar strategy for automakers looking to inject some excitement into a new product without breaking the bank from a development costs perspective. Does it work for the 2014 Nissan Rogue? Has the vehicle's growth in other important areas eclipsed the decision to stand fast in the engine bay? I parked a Rogue in my driveway for a week's worth of testing to try and answer those very questions.